Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lebanese Citizen: Fulbright Student Scholarship Program


You are invited to apply for a grant to obtain a master’s degree at a university in the United States! The Fulbright Student Scholarship Program, which covers a maximum of two academic years of study beginning in August 2012, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the Embassy of the United States of America in Lebanon. AMIDEAST administers the program, which is funded by the U.S. Congress. Originally proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, the scholarship has become the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange.

The grant includes: roundtrip airfare between Lebanon and the United States, tuition, books, health insurance, and room and board. Funding is not available to meet the expenses of Fulbright students’ dependents (spouses, children, parents, etc.).

Applicant Requirements

A competitive applicant will have an excellent academic record, strong English language skills, an outstanding character, and the commitment to return to Lebanon upon completion of the program. An applicant:

 Must be a Lebanese citizen residing in Lebanon or a legal, long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon.
 Cannot be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder).
 Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education (or will graduate with a bachelor’s degree before summer 2012).
 Will demonstrate academic excellence within his/her field of specialization.
 Will pursue a field of study benefiting Lebanese society and/or Lebanese-American relations.
 May apply for a master’s degree in any field of study except electrical, mechanical and computer engineering, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, clinical fields or nursing. (Nursing administration is permitted.)
 Obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-based).

Application Instructions

Complete the application online. It will be available in February 2011.

1. Answer all questions accurately and completely.
2. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
3. Carefully write and edit two essays, “Future Plans” and “Statement of Purpose,” which are key components of the application. Each essay must be a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 600 words. The selection committee will review these essays closely.
4. Present the following supporting documents to the
AMIDEAST office:

a. TOEFL iBT score
Note: The paper-based ITP TOEFL available at AMIDEAST is acceptable at the time of application. Selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL iBT for entry into graduate programs.
b. Official Transcripts (or certified copies) for all degrees (undergraduate and graduate) translated into English
c. Documentation of class rank (if available)
d. Copy of all degree in English (if available)
e. Three sealed letters of recommendation (two from university professors)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates: Three sealed letters of recommendation
(two from professional colleagues)

Note: All recommendations must be submitted on the official Fulbright letter of recommendation
form available on the website. Anyone writing a recommendation should not submit a letter using any other format.

f. Curriculum Vitae or résumé
g. Copy of only the biodata information page in English from the applicant’s passport (if available)
h. Two recent passport-sized photos with applicant’s name written on the back
Optional Submission of Graduate-Level Exam Scores

 Applicants for most graduate programs must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
 MBA degree applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) instead of the GRE and have a minimum of two years work experience (by August 2011).
Applicants are not required to submit graduate exam results at the time of application. Scores may be submitted if available. Final selection of Fulbright grantees, however, will be contingent upon successful completion of the requisite exams in August 2011. Serious applicants are encouraged to prepare in advance for these required exams.

Submission deadline for all application materials: Monday, May 16, 2011 (4:30 pm)
Applications must be completed online.

Supporting documents must be received at AMIDEAST by Monday, May 16, 2011. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in late June or early July 2011. Phone interviews are not possible.

For additional Fulbright program and application information, please contact AMIDEAST:

Bazerkan Building
Nijmeh Square (next to Parliament)
Beirut Central District
Phone: (01) 989901, ext 162

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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